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>> well done. >> you're seeing he's the only guy there, come on. >> i'm there right now. >> j.b. is a big tipper. >> you set me up. >> a lot of news, get to you "the newsroom" with carol costello, big tipper. >> i am a big tipper actually, i am. have a great day. thanks so much. newsroom starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com good morning, i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. health workers ratchet up the number of people potentially exposed to ebola, the old number quadrupled minutes ago to 08 people. elizabeth cohen is outside the dallas hospital with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. we are told yesterday we were told they were following 12 to 18 contacts and now we're told
they're following around 80 contacts. 80 contacts of the man who was in the hospital right here who has been diagnosed with ebola. what we're told is many of the contacts are contacts of contacts, in other words the patient had contacts around him, mr. duncan, and some of those contacts then had their contacts and they're all being monitored, they're taking their temperature, they're watching for signs of ebola. carol? >> describe to us how concerned we should be that this number has ratcheted up to 80. >> reporter: you know, i don't find it too concerning because they're doing it as that phrase they love to use out of an abundance of caution. the people who really need to be concerned are the ones who had close contact with mr. duncan who were exposed to his bodily fluids. i this think they are trying to have a wide margin of error and that's why they expanded this
list. something else interesting happened the texas department of health told us four close family members have been ordered to stay home. they said these family members were instructed to stay home back on tuesday, but they said there was some challenges the family had some challenges meeting those instructions, and so now they've actually legally ordered them to stay inside their homes until october 19th. it's a little concerning to hear that they had challenges meeting those instructions, you have to wonder what were they doing, were they out and about? were they with other people? those are questions that we asked and were not answered. >> interesting. all right, let's head to cdc headquarters in atlanta and chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. that is a concern. these four close family members ordered to stay inside their home until october 19th. if they leave or violate those orders they may face criminal charges. why are authorities so concerned?
>> there's two things to keep in mind. first of all if they're not sick, they're not really a risk to people around them. we've made this point over and over again but you don't transmit the virus or shed the virus unless you're sick yourself. what this really means is they have to keep a close eye on these folks and see if they start to develop any symptoms and for whatever reason as elizabeth was just saying they weren't confident in their ability to do that, maybe these folks weren't checking in to get their temperature checked, who knows? they said that abundance of caution they were going to keep them in a place where they could know where they were at all times. this is going to evolve, carol, i promise you. any time we hear about the guidelines they're referred to as interim guidelines and they will evolve. i will tell you the whole process by which they get these patients traced and all that sort of stuff is a laborious one. look at how it all works. in this hospital, thomas eric
duncan the first patient diagnosed with ebola in the united states is fighting to are that i life. >> we're hoping and praying eric survives the night and we just got our hopes up for him. >> reporter: doctors say he's now in serious but stable condition. duncan is a liberian national and he traveled for the first time ever to the united states to visit his family in dallas. the "new york times" reports he may have become infected on september 15th. that's when he helped carry a pregnant woman who died from ebola to the hospital. september 19th, duncan flies from liberia to brussels, belgium, showing no obvious ebola symptoms or fever during airport screening. from there, he boards united airlines flight 951 en route to washington dulles, connecting to another united flight 822 to dallas. september 20th, he arrives in dallas, and heads to this apartment complex to visit family. four days later, he starts developing symptoms.
he walks into this dallas emergency room on the 25th of september, vomiting and with a fever. he tells the nurse he had traveled from africa but is sent home with antibiotics and does not undergo an ebola screening. september 28th, his condition worsens. he returns to the hospital by ambulance and is placed in isolation. the next day a family friend calls the cdc complaining that the hospital isn't moving quickly enough with his test results. by tuesday the 30th, the lab results confirm the patient has ebola. the hospital admits it was a failure to communicate among hospital staff that led to the patient's release after his initial visit. >> he volunteered that he had traveled from africa in response to the nurse operating the checklist and asking that question. regretfully, that information was not fully communicated throughout the full team.
>> reporter: one thing i want to point out, carol, how do you know who to test for ebola? one of the things obviously take the travel history if the person's been in west africa may have symptoms. it's going to raise your level of concern. look at this graphic, we put this graphic together to get a better idea how the health care teams will be approaching this issue. high risk folks with direct contact of bodily fluids will get tested no matter what. look at the next two categories, carol, a lot on that screen but this is important, low risk people, people who may have lived in the same house but did not necessarily have bodily fluid contact they'll look at the folks and determine they are sick so they may get tested. no known risk so a person who just comes back from maybe was visiting west africa but had no contact with anybody with ebola, likely they're not going to need testing those folks. but if they're sick for some reason, maybe they didn't know they had come in contact with someone with ebola they may test
them because of that. you get an idea it's not an absolute thing, if you have a fever and travel to west africa, doesn't mean you'll automatically get tested for ebola. >> it sounds so confusing and disturbing but we'll get into that in a little bit. sanjay gupta live from the cdc this morning, thanks so much. next hour dr. gupta will answer your ebola questions. tweet them to us at cnn usi using #ebo laqanda. we'll get to as many of your questions as possible. there's word another patient in hawaii is undergoing testing for ebola. health officials in honolulu are tight-lipped about the case saying the patient shows symptoms consistent with ebola and a number of less fearsome influences flu and malaria. the patient is in isolation and the early stages of testing. >> what we've asked the hospitals tell us about is anyone with a travel history and anyone with a fever, and when those two come together, we've
asked them to be very careful and in an abundance of caution while you're working with them whatever else might be going on, make sure you isolate against ebola just in case that is the case. >> health officials won't say whether the patient had recently traveled to west africa or for how long they've shown these symptoms. the hospital says it is equipped to deal with ebola if the tests come back positive. no word on when those test results are expected. the big question many americans are wondering this morning, are u.s. hospitals properly equipped and staff trained for ebola? cnn's kyung lah walks us through one hospital's protocol. >> reporter: the first line of defense in containing any sort of potential ebola outbreak in the united states are our nation's hospitals. we are at los angeles county use hospital and this is their emergency room. like all emergency rooms there's a check-in.
at this particular hospital a registered nurse does that check-in. if you have nausea, headache and have traveled to west africa, this hospital ebola virus protection protocol kicks in, you may notice that there are signs all over this hospital asking if patients have traveled in the last three weeks to west africa. is that enough to raise alarm? >> it's certainly enough to raise alarm particularly with the outbreak of eblee going on. >> reporter: do they ever end up sitting in the waiting room? >> no, they were sick in the emergency area, then people would have a risk of being exposed to the virus. >> reporter: containment is the key here? >> containment is absolutely the key. they'll be brought depending on how sick they are maybe by a wheelchair, maybe by a gurney and transported here into the isolation room. >> reporter: what's the first step for health care workers? >> the first step before seeing a patient is always to wash your hands. she puts on a mask and she's
going to put on her protective goggles, she's going to put on a gown that's impervious to water or any bodily fluids. >> reporter: this enough protection? >> this is enough protection. in africa of course they have a different situation. if i were in africa i would also use a much higher level of personal protection, but this is more than enough protection from any of the standard infectious diseases that we see. by recommendations for centers for disease role we also have a sign-in sheet, everyone who enters the room will sign in. >> reporter: this looks like a normal hospital room. >> well it is a normal hospital room other than the fact it has a special air handling system. >> reporter: say the patient vomits on the sheets. what happens? >> it doesn't matter if they vomit or just on the sheets, all of the sheets for a patient who has suspected ebola will be disposed of as biohazardous waste. >> reporter: are we able to contain ebola in america? >> i think that we are. i think that the case in dallas
if the cases before weren't a wake-up call really has made everyone very aware that all hospitals need to be prepared for the possibility of seeing someone coming from west africa who has ebola. >> reporter: so this physician very confident that ebola could be contained if if a suspected case were to come into his hospital, something else we should point out, carol, is that he is warning the public they should not be alarmed because he does believe that it is very lukely there will be another suspected case walking into a u.s. hospital, given the state of international travel. carol? >> kyung lah reporting live for us this morning, among the people eric duncan came into contact with are five children who attend four different dallas area schools. the school district sent out an automated message to parents alerting them of the situation but naturally some families are pretty nervous about sending their kids back to schools. >> it has been confirmed that
five students may have come in contact with an individual recently diagnosed with the ebola virus. >> i don't think i'm going to bring him until go to the doctor, check him and see if he's okay. >> the superintendent says the possibility of children contracting the virus is extremely low, but the district is making several changes out of an abundance of caution. in fact, they sent people in covered from head to toe to scrub down the schools to make sure, i don't know, the schools were cleaned of any bacteria. the events in dallas are highlighting the fear that some americans are feeling about the potential spread of ebola in this country, but is the fear warranted, and how prepared is the united states to deal with such a threat? shoban o'connor is the health director for too"time" magazine. thanks for being here. >> thanks for having me. >> i want to read some of the contradictory things happening in dal rlasdallas. kids are staying home, schools
being scrubbed down, the classes will take place today. the ambulance workers who transported duncan to the hospital are free to move about but the ambulance itself has been taken out of service. four of kun khan's family members have been ordered to stay home out of an abundance of caution. if they don't stay home until october 19th they could face criminal charges. i thought ebola wasn't an airborne disease so why would that be? >> first of all, it's important to make that very, very clear, ebola is not an airborne disease. it can only be transmitted through contaminated bodily fluids like feces, urine, vomit and blood. in day-to-day contact you do not come into contact with those things from another person. what's happening is there was a blunder when the dallas case was first sent home on september 26th, and now it's playing catchup and of course correction. >> why wasn't a protocol put into place at every american city in light of the fact that
two american doctors, i guess one was an aide worker, another was a doctor were treated in atlanta for ebola. >> the cdc's protocol has been clear from day one, which is that people traveling from west africa, liberia, sierra leone and guinea in particular who present with flu-like symptoms don't discount it's the possibility they may have ebola and that is what happened here. there was a mistake. hopefully this will bring to light the urgency of every case being presented taken seriously. >> how long will it take cities across america to get it together? >> my suspicion is that this is getting enough attention that people will be on high alert. the virus can be contained. we know how to contain ebola and unlike in west africa where it's completely out of control and the resources are not there to contain the virus, we have the health care system to do that. we need to follow the steps which is isolate immediately, contract trace which is why the people who had been in contact
with the gentleman in dallas are being monitored and questioned and in some cases asked to stay home. those are the things that need to be done for 21 days, the incubation period for ebola. >> i want to go back to the four close family members ordered to stay in their home. >> sure. >> i understand the fear, i do, but it seems extreme to me, and nobody's explaining why these people have been ordered to stay inside their homes until october 19th. >> i suspect that as the day goes on, more information will come out. i think it's very important, one thing about ebola is that fear of ebola is far more contagious than epbola itself. the more questions hanging in the air how contagious are these people, why do they need to stay in their home, will there be blowback for being told to stay in their home answers have to come quickly. >> thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> i appreciate it. our expanded coverage of the
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a lot of problems with the secret service. today secret service director julia pierson submitted her resignation. yeah. actually she jumped the white house fess, ran across the lawn, dove through a window and handed it to the president. >> okay, that was funny, but jokes aside, the secret service can you see have a new was this morning, the agency's first female director julia pierson resigned after a series of embarrassing security lapses including a knife-wielding fence jumper who was able to wreak into the white house and enter the east room. in pierson's place someone who knows the duty of protecting the president well, this man, former
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culture, this feel that agents and officers were unwilling or fearful even to tell their supervisors about problems, unwilling or fearful to question their supervisor's judgments that they thought at times were not appropriate, so he's going to have to show that he's willing to tackle that issue, which is deeply entrenched. julia pierson was hired to do that and she was dedicated to that. she listed during her testimony this week ways that she tried to change that culture, but we see in many ways now it just didn't work so he has a big job ahead of him. other issues he's going to have to deal with are staffing problems, the need for more training, as well as low morale, carol. >> any idea of the changes he'll make once he assumes this interim position? >> i think he's really going to have to start with the morale, to get with people at all levels and say what are the problems here? what's going on?
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ahead this half hour a call to ban, growing demands for america to restrict flights coming into this country from west africa. is that a viable option? and will it really prevent an outbreak here? also breaking right now, isis advancing in northern syria, about to close in on a key city, a crucial checkpoint blown away by a truck bomb. civilians being ordered to evacuate. the u.s.-led coalition watching with laser focus. and tensions rising in hong kong, a massive call for change in the streets driven by china's younger citizens. protesters targeting the chief executive. will they occupy their government next? let's talk, live in the "cnn
newsroom." good morning, i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. zero risk of transmission. that's how the cdc is addressing fears that thomas eric duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with ebola in the united states may have infected fellow passengers as he flew to the united states from liberia. the cdc says duncan did not show any symptom until several days after his trip and was not contagious. some lawmakers are doing more to combat the threat. republican congressman pete sessions of texas asking the cdc director to, in the congressman's words "thoughtfully reassess the risk of travel from liberia" his colleague senator rob portman tweeting "the cdc should step up airport screenings." the obama administration says current rules are effective and
that the risk of a u.s. outbreak are low. >> we live in a global world and what we're confident we can do is protect the safety of the traveling public and protect the broader american public. >> joining me now cnn aviation analysand former inspector-general for the department of transportation mary schiavo, dr. brian cole executive director of prevention of infectious disease and stefan dujarek pokes.spokesman for the attorney general. he says a ban on flights would not be helpful in controlling ebola spread so i'd like to welcome all of you. thanks for being here. i really appreciate it. >> thank you. >> okay, so i want to talk about this, this travel ban that some lawmakers are suggesting that the united states be put into place and i want to address that first question to you, stefan. why would that be a bad thing for this crisis? >> we think isolating these
countries whether it's liberia, sierra leone or guinea is not the right solution. first of all the u.n., the international community, the cdc need to get people in and out of there to assist the governments in addressing the crisis, and second almost as important these are very weak countries, come out of difficult periods. this would compound the economic stress and the social stress that we're already seeing in those countries. >> mary, do you envision a time in the near future, maybe if we see another edough lacase in boss spin or some other part of the united states that a partial ban might be implemented? >> absolutely, it's just a matter of common sense. we see people in moon suits telling us not to worry and fly the world, but what they don't understand is the nature of an aircraft. let me draw a parallel to the ambulance in texas. the ambulance in texas took this gentleman to the hospital who
has ebola, the ambulance has been taken out of service and they are scrubbing the school where the five children went, in moon suits to take any precautions. you cannot do that to an aircraft. it is a $350 million flying computer, and there's no way to disinfect the seats, no way to disinfect the bathrooms and you're forgetting about the people who work in the belly of the plane who load it and service it. it is a trajectory through which the virus can be transported and you can't clean it. and that's the problem, an aircraft is not an ambulance, and you can't do that. >> so what are you suggesting, mary? should there be some sort of ban or partial ban put into place? >> yes absolutely and it should be a ban on the aircraft, we should suspend service to those infected areas. people can still travel to brussels and travel to the united states, but it's not possible for us to contain it on the aircraft. you're focusing on the people and i think we need to focus on the actual service providing instruments, the aircraft, the
services, the things that go on the aircraft so yes, i think a ban is in place and it should have been put in place long ago. like i said they're standing there in moon suits telling it's okay to get on the plane. no common sense. >> stephane i'll get back to you in a second. dr. cole, do you agree with mary? >> i have a difference of opinion. the virus is transmitted by blood and body fluids. it's not airborne. one is not infectious until they are sick and the more important thing is to do some screen so long that patients or persons traveling with fever from indemic areas -- >> mary is saying what if a passenger throws up on the airplane, when i have flown people do that. mary is saying you can't possibly decontaminate the aircraft to make it safe for passengers to fly and that would be a bodily fluid. >> in our facilities here if we had something similar we would be able to decontaminate that.
we clean with bleach. it's routine cleaning. the virus is not a hearty virus in the environment provided that cleaning is done. >> so it would be possible to decontaminate an airplane and they have to do is lickity split, right? >> i'm not sure how quickly one can reservice an airplane so it would be used within a shorter period of time the way we could a hospital room or a clinic area. >> mary, how long would it take to effectively decontaminate an aircraft? >> it actually could take not hours or days, it could take weeks because depending on what fluids you have to use to do it, if you get any of those on the wiring, then you have to reinspect the plane. you know, at this point the federal aviation administration is leaving it up to the airlines whether they choose to do that or not but i can tell you the first time an airline has to do that, and that plane will have to be taken out of service and then most likely reinspected and recertified, that could be a several-week proposition
particularly if you get that like a corrosive chemical bleach, anything like that on the wiring, you got a problem. >> okay, is stephane, weigh in this because i heard you earlier. >> i think closing the borders or closing air travel is the wrong focus. our focus should be on helping the countries, helping their public health systems deal with the outbreak, putting in the right screening process, and legal border crossings at airports. you can shut down borders, you can shut down travel. people will want to move, and then you will see sort of people moving through a legal -- illegal means where we will not be able to screen them. you have to remember, sierra leone and liberia are countries that have come out of decades long civil wars. the economic impact we're already seeing is tremendous. isolating them further will only deepen the crisis and make it harder for us at the united nations, the cdc, doctors without borders to treat the
disease. >> and in fairness, i think we should put out that, i mean, mr. duncan was not contagious when he boarded the airplane and came into the united states, am i correct, dr. koll? >> that is correct and therefore his ability to infect others would have been zero. >> would have been zero. so no amount of cleaning the plane could have protected us. >> he was not infectious at that point in time if he had no symptoms. >> and mary, isn't it true that if you're very sick and you're exhibiting these signs like if you're throwing up or have a high fever you're not allowed to board an airplane anyway. >> well that depends upon the screening process, and that depends upon who is doing the screening and who is examining the passengers. i had to travel there during the sars ricrisis and they took temperatures. if people didn't have a fever or didn't get that particular screening then they still were able to board the plane and the other problem is we're forgetting about the rest of the plane. we're focusing on the passengers but there's all these other things. once that plane is on the ground in a contaminated area or in a
country that has an ebola problem there are hundreds of people that work on and touch that plane. screening only the passengers doesn't limit the potential for the plane to have a problem. we're focusing on sort of just one part of the whole picture. so it's the whole totality of the service in an ewoe la-stricken area, not only the passengers and besides, what do we do with them when they get here? we can't send them back, we must take them immediately to treatment as they find out in dallas you cannot order people simply to stay home unless they're sick. there's a problem with that, you have some rights. >> mary schiavo, dr. brian koll, stephane dujarric, i appreciate it. next hour dr. sanjay gupta will answer your questions, tweet us using #ebolaa anda. we'll get to as many of your questions as possible. i'll be right back. when it comes to good nutrition...i'm no expert.
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nancy writebol, the second american infected with ebola says she's not surprised a patient was diagnosed with the virus in the united states. writebol contracted the disease while working as a missionary in liberia. she talked with cnn's anderson cooper. >> nancy, you've been free of ebola for more than a month now. you look great. i understand you're still taking medication. how do you feel? >> i feel good, thank you. i'm getting stronger every day and just continuing to regain my strength. >> when you heard that a patient had been diagnosed with ebola here in the united states in texas, what was your reaction? what did you think? >> anderson, i was not surprised. we live in such a small world
that it's very easy to travel from one country to another, and so it didn't take me by surprise. i'm very thankful that he's here and he could receive medical care and that our doctors know what they're dealing with. >> for you, as you look back on your treatment, it was coming to united states you believe that really saved your life. there was a lot of attention on the z map, the serum that you got. but you're not clear that's what did it. you think a lot of the follow-on care that you actually got in the united states may have saved you. >> yes. the medical care was amazing that we received at emery. not only the care, they were able to check what was happening
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happening now in the "newsroom," ebola in america. >> we're hoping and praying that eric survives the night. >> the family of thomas eric duncan prays for his survival as questions come in on who he had contact with. >> dallas this morning on edge and nervous. >> i care. i'm worried for my son and my daughter and me. >> parents keeping their children from class and new concerns about why the hospital released the patient without screening him. >> it was a mistake. they dropped the ball. >> when we deal with a tough situation like this, we've got to be perfect. in this case they weren't. >> this morning separating fact
from fiction. what you need to know as ebola hits home. let's talk live in the cnn "newsroom." good morning. i'm carol costello, thank you for joining me. we begin this hour with breaking news as one man fights for his life, health workers ratchet up the number of people he potentially exposed to ebola. a short time ago the old number quadrupled to 80 people. also this morning, fear is spreading among dallas parents with this news, the infected man was in close contact with five children and they attend four different schools. also new this morning, local and state health officials issue a legal order to four close family members of duncan to stay home in isolation or face arrest. critical days